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August 2012 - The United States Army has announced a $7 Billion Multiple Award Task Contract Request for Proposal (RFP) to help it procure renewable energy through Power Purchase Agreements for up to 30 years. The RFP budget is not intended to aid in the Army's acquisition of any renewable generation assets. The deadline for responses to the RFP is October 5, 2012 at 2pm CST.

The White House announced in April that the Department of Defense (DOD) was making a large commitment to clean energy, totaling three gigawatts of renewable generation capacity by 2025. The Army, in announcing this latest RFP, will look to acquire one gigawatt of the larger DOD target. The total available budget for the RFP is $7 billion over a 10-year period.

News Release - Army Announces $7B Multiple Award Task Order Contract Request for Proposal

Additional Information - RFP Solicitation and Pre-Solicitation Notice for W912DY-11-R-0036

Contact: Sarah M. Tierney 256-895-1219

September 2006 - The Western Area Power Administration announced that it coordinated renewable energy certificate (REC) purchases by five federal agencies totaling 236 million kWh over five years. The RECs will be supplied by 3 Phases Energy (now serviced by 3Degrees) from wind, biomass and geothermal projects located in California, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Oregon and South Dakota. The purchases will help the agencies meet federal renewable energy use goals set in the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The agency purchases include:

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Denver (7 million kWh)
  • Fort Lewis, Wash. (209.5 million kWh)
  • NASA Ames Research Center, Calif. (12.3 million kWh)
  • NASA Eastside Airfield, Calif. (4.1 million kWh)
  • U.S. Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region (2.75 million kWh)

Western also coordinated a 1.5 billion kWh, five-year purchase of renewable energy by Colorado Springs Utilities, which will be used to comply with the state's renewable portfolio standard (RPS) requirement. Under this agreement, Community Energy, Inc. will supply RECs from wind energy and other renewable projects located primarily in California, Kansas and Nebraska.

News Article - Credits Help Utilities Go Green

October 2005 - On October 1, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Power Partnership released an updated list of its Top 25 Partners. Several new companies or organizations appear on the list, including: Safeway (with annual renewable energy purchases of 78,000 MWh); The Tower Companies (41,000 MWh); the U.S. Army/Fort Carson (40,000 MWh); Hyatt Regency Reunion & DFW Hotels (35,300 MWh); and Western Washington University (35,000 MWh). The federal government continues to be the nation's largest green power purchaser, led by the U.S. Air Force with collective annual purchases of more than 320,000 MWh. In addition, by increasing its purchases, the U.S. Department of Energy moved up twelve spots to fourth place on the list.

Additional information - List of Top 25 Green Power Purchasers

EPA Contact: Kurt Johnson (202) 343-9231

August 2005 - The Western Area Power Administration announced that 10 entities of the U.S. Department of Energy, including the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, have teamed with the Fort Carson Army Base to purchase 117,825 megawatt-hours (MWhs) of renewable energy certificates (RECs) annually for the next five years. The RECs will come from a combination of biomass generation from sawmill plants in California, and wind projects located in California and Nebraska, and will be supplied by Sterling Planet, a national RECs marketer based in Norcross, GA. Western coordinated the requests for proposal for all of the agencies and also committed to purchase a portion of the RECs.

News Release - Agencies Purchase Biomass, Wind Certificates

News Release - Fort Carson Invests in Renewable Energy Production (PDF 116 KB)

Western Contact: LaVerne Kyriss (720) 962-7051

October 2004 - The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) will supply the U.S. Army with green power to meet about 5% of the electricity needs of Fort Lewis in Washington State. Under an agreement with Tacoma Power, Fort Lewis will buy about 12 million kWh of wind energy certificates from BPA sourced from wind farms located in eastern Washington and Oregon. Fort Lewis serves more than 25,000 soldiers and civilian workers and uses about the same amount of electricity as a city the size of Olympia, WA.

News Release - Army buys "green power" to light Fort Lewis

News Article - Army buys wind-driven 'green power' for Ft. Lewis

News Article - Army buys wind power for Fort Lewis

BPA Contact: Deb Malin (503) 230-5701

October 2002 - Community Energy announced that it is partnering with Washington Gas Energy Services (WGES), an affiliate of Washington Gas, to offer wind energy to Capital-area businesses and residents.

The two companies also announced that they are supplying wind power to the U.S. Army, Catholic University, and the National Geographic Society (NGS). The Army purchase is equivalent to the entire power output of one, 1.5-MW wind turbine and will serve a portion of the electricity needs of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Fort McNair, and Adelphi Labs. Catholic University is also purchasing the equivalent output of one turbine, which will provide about 12% of the university's power needs. The NGS purchase will account for about 5% of the electricity needs of its D.C. headquarters.

The wind power will be supplied from the 65-MW Mountaineer Wind Energy Center under construction in Tucker County, West Virginia. The project is expected to be operational by the end of 2002. Exelon Power Team has entered into a 20-year power purchase agreement for the output of the project.

News Release - Leading D.C. Area Institutions Announce Wind Energy Purchases; U.S. Army, Catholic University, and National Geographic to Buy Wind Energy

WGES Contact: Ransome Owan (703) 793-7565
Exelon Power Team Contact: Ben Armstrong (610) 765-6914
Community Energy Contacts:
Paul Copleman (215) 416-9656
Brent Beerley (215) 778-3898


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